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Freddie Gray, injured during arrest, has died

Freddie Gray, a Baltimore man injured during an arrest by Baltimore police last week, has died at Shock Trauma, according to family members and a hospital spokesperson.

Gray's death comes a week after his arrest and just hours after a protest was held at Baltimore police headquarters.

Gray's stepfather, Richard Shipley, who has acted as a family spokesperson since the incident, confirmed that his stepson passed away Sunday

"He's gone," Shipley said. "What else is there to say?"

A Shock Trauma spokeswoman confirmed Gray's death, but could not provide any further details Sunday morning.

Protests are slated to continue Sunday, one group said.

It's unclear how Gray, 27, was injured.

Four bicycle officers tried to stop Gray about 9 a.m. on April 12 in the 1600 block of W. North Ave. for an alleged violation that police have not disclosed. He ran, police said, and the officers caught him and restrained him on the ground while awaiting backup.

According to a police timeline he was fine when he was loaded...

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Double-shooting in East Baltimore leaves two hurt

A double-shooting in East Baltimore on Saturday afternoon left two men wounded, police said. 

Officers responded to the incident at about 6:15 p.m. in the 600 block of N. Glover St. and found a 28-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. 

Around the same time, a 27-year-old man showed up at a hospital, also with a gunshot wound to his leg, and told police he had been shot in the 600 block of N. Glover St. 

Both were expected to survive their injuries. Anyone with information was asked to call 410-396-2422. 

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Two people fatally shot on Garrison Avenue overnight

Two men were fatally shot on Garrison Avenue on Friday evening, according to Baltimore Police.

Officers reporting to the 2800 block of Garrison Avenue around 10:57 p.m. after receiving calls about gunfire discovered two people shot. The first victim had suffered gunshot wounds to the body as was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second victim, an 18-year-old man, also had been shot multiple times. He was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.

The incident is under investigation and police said they have neither a suspect description nor a motive.

Police said anyone with information about the incident should call 410-396-2100.

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Witness takes back murder accusation in Shock Trauma worker's death, but testifies that men intimidated her

A day after dismissing double-murder charges against two men, Baltimore prosecutors asked a judge to convict them of intimidating the witness whose account had led to the dropped charges.

The witness, Marnae Lewis, testified that she erroneously identified Antwon Morton as one of the men who fatally shot her boyfriend, Christopher Camphor, and bystander Brandon Finney, a Maryland Shock Trauma technician, in September 2014 at a downtown bus stop. 

Morton's attorney Russell Neverdon found surveillance footage that showed Morton in a different part of town at the time of the incident, leading prosecutors on Thursday to drop charges against Morton and co-defendant Samuel Rogers. 

But Lewis remains adamant that Morton and Rogers were the men who came to her house hours after the shooting and made threats, and prosecutors are continuing to pursue witness intimidation charges that could send the men to prison for up to 20 years. Morton and Rogers elected Friday to have a bench trial, which is...

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Balto. Co. police: Parkville church youth group leader arrested in 'massive' child porn case

A youth group leader for the Chinese Christian Church of Baltimore in Parkville has been arrested in what Baltimore County police say is one of the most serious child pornography cases they have ever seen.

Gregory W. Gibson, 63, of Cockeysville was charged Friday with possession and distribution of child pornography. County police said they have seized computers and hard drives containing a "massive" amount of images — about 250,000 so far.

The images depict extremely young children, mostly girls, being sexually abused, police said.

Police said they don't have evidence that Gibson sexually abused the children or that he knows any of the children depicted in the pornography.

He was arrested Thursday at his home on the 10300 block of Malcolm Circle and is being held at the county detention center on $750,000 bail.

Police said that during interviews with detectives, Gibson admitted to downloading and sharing child pornography.

No attorney for Gibson is listed in online court records.


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Shooting of 9-year-old in 2012 was linked to Berry feud, police say

A triple shooting that critically wounded a 9-year-old in 2012 was connected to a series of retaliatory shootings involving once-promising boxer James Berry and his neighborhood crew, police said in court Thursday. 

Berry, who The Sun profiled in 2007, has been charged with killing six people since 2008, part of a falling out among him and his friends, who went by the name "D-Block" after the area of Division and Bloom streets. 

Berry was acquitted in the first case, and this month was acquitted of two other murders despite testimony from a co-defendant who had pleaded guilty. He has two pending cases for three additional murders.

In the 2012 case on trial this week, Berry was on the victim side - he was shot in the leg, along with Travian Taylor and the 9-year-old boy, who was hit in the stomach by a stray bullet in the 400 block of Bloom St. 

Donte White, 26, is charged in that shooting and facing three counts of attempted first-degree murder. 

Homicide Det. Frank Miller testified Thursday...

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